Changing Habits Now to Avoid Gum Disease

by Gabriella Patel on January 23, 2015

The days of eating candy loaded with sugar, forgetting to brush our teeth every day, and flossing once in a blue moon have to be avoided as much as possible if we want to establish healthy oral hygiene. Often, we focus on making sure those teeth are white, rather than keying on what those teeth are sitting on.

Gingivitis, and its advanced cousin, periodontal disease, are silent offenders that attack our gums. Most often, you may not even know you should be concerned. After all, the serious problems take place beneath your gum line where you can’t see them. What’s worse is that a growing number of scientists believe that plaque and gum disease can also influence and accelerate conditions like heart disease and stroke – certainly conditions we do not want to encourage by a lack of attention to good oral hygiene.

 

So take a look at a few things you can do to prevent these diseases:

 

Eat More Chicken You Chicken! Eating chicken as well as other meats, cheeses, nuts and milk does a body good. All are believed to provide your teeth with calcium and phosphorous needed to strengthen enamel after it’s been bombarded by the acids that cause tooth decay.

 

Choose the Right Mouthwash. The key here is using a mouthwash that is anti-microbial. Find one you’ll actually use every day, and use it once in the morning after brushing, and again after brushing before bed. Usually, the recommendation is to use one low in alcohol or without it altogether, as alcohol dries out your mouth and can contribute to tooth decay. More saliva = better oral health.

 

Munch On Veggies. Everyone knows we need more vegetables in our diets. Our waistlines and our teeth love them for their water content as well as their vitamin and mineral profiles. There’s no doubt about it, veggies are good for you. Not a big fan? Incorporate them into soups, or in a great fruit smoothie … you won’t notice the difference, but your teeth and gums will.

 

Get Braces! That’s right, getting braces can actually help protect you from gum disease. You see, crooked teeth are great enablers of tooth decay, which can lead to gum disease by allowing bacteria and plaque to colonize in the areas where your teeth are not aligned. Getting your teeth aligned eliminates these hideouts where your toothbrush cannot reach and straightens your smile at the same time.

 

Chew Some Gum. Keep that saliva flow going after a meal with sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol — a natural sweetener derived from plants. It doesn’t break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Both can help you avoid cavities. If you would like to avoid Aspartame in your Xylitol chewing gum, just do some searching online, or ask your dentist.

 

Try Out and Electric Toothbrush. An electric toothbrush that has the endorsement of the American Dental Association (ADA) are more effective than you’ll ever be at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth by hand, and will protect your gums from aggressive brushing as well.

 

Quit Smoking! This should go without saying, as smoking is terribly bad for your body, your gums and your teeth.

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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